Geriatric Social Workers and Grieving Seniors : An exploratory study of the experiences of geriatric officers working with grieving elderly clients
Sammanfattning: In Sweden, the elderly population above the ages of 65 who can no longer cater for themselves can seek assistance from the social services in their municipalities. A case officer popularly known as biståndshandläggare in Sweden is usually assigned by the municipality to assist in planning, assessing and making decisions on the kind of services which best fits the elderly clients seeking assistance. This study investigated the experiences of geriatric case officers working with grieving elderly clients who are either in hospitals or in their private homes. A qualitative methodology was employed and, interviews were conducted with four geriatric case officers working within elderly care departments in social services around Mid-Sweden. The results were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings revealed that these geriatric case officers had insufficient knowledge on how to work with grief and loss. The results also showed that geriatric case officers had both positive and negative experiences when working with grieving elderly clients. To work in elderly care services, a social work degree or related education is a requirement.
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